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  • The spread of 'debate is over' syndrome

    04/09/2014 6:28:40 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 4, 2014 | Joel Kotkin
    The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn – accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann – reflects an increasingly dangerous tendency among our intellectual classes to embrace homogeneity of viewpoint. Steyn, whose column has appeared for years on these pages, may be alternatingly entertaining or over-the-top obnoxious, but the slander lawsuit against him marks a milestone in what has become a dangerously authoritarian worldview being adopted in academia, the media and large sections of the government bureaucracy.
  • Will Steyn now Stick it the O’Sullivan Way to Climate Fraudster Michael Mann?

    03/23/2014 9:02:04 AM PDT · by Twotone · 51 replies
    Principia Scientific International ^ | March 18, 2014 | John O'Sullivan
    Good news! As I predicted four years ago, alarmist climate scientist, Michael Mann’s gambit of using the courts to silence debate about his faked “hockey stick” graph is backfiring spectacularly. 17 mainstream media outlets now agree Mann should put up or shut up.
  • The Compliance of Science

    02/23/2014 12:16:19 PM PST · by Valpal1 · 28 replies
    SteynOnLine ^ | 2/23/14 | Mark Steyn
    n 2002 Richard Warman appointed himself Canada's Hatefinder General and went around the Internet hunting down so-called haters and turning them in for lucrative tax-free sums amounting to many thousands of dollars. Hatefinder Warman and his enablers at the Commission abused the extremely narrow constitutional approval given to Section 13 by the Supreme Court in the Taylor decision and instead turned it into a personal inquisition for himself and his pals. Parliament took my advice and abolished Section 13. Now it's déjà vu all over again: Michael Mann turns out to be the Richard Warman of climate science, a man...
  • Michael Mann’s legal case caught in a quote fabrication fib

    02/22/2014 11:36:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Watts up With That? ^ | February 22, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    UPDATE: it seems the language was lifted from a “Skeptical Science” web page, see below. Steve McIntyre had a busy day yesterday. While yesterday there was an incorrect story called “Michael Mann Faces Bankruptcy as his Courtroom Climate Capers Collapse“ being pushed by John O’Sullivan at Principia Scientific International (aka PSI and The Slayers) claiming Dr. Tim Ball had defeated Mann’s lawsuit, Ball confirms through communications with McIntyre yesterday that while stalled, Mann’s lawsuit is still very much on. Also, for those who don’t know, we’ve heard that Dr. Mann’s legal bills are being paid by the Climate Science Legal...
  • (Mark) Steyn countersues Mann for 10 millon dollars

    02/22/2014 10:12:10 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 43 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | Feburay 21, 2014 | By Anthonny Watts
    Mark Steyn has decided to countersue Michael Mann for $10 million. The legal document reads like a drama. See below. FIRST COUNTERCLAIM 130. Plaintiff [Mann] has engaged in a pattern of abusive litigation designed to chill freedom of speech and to stifle legitimate criticism of Plaintiff’s work. He is currently suing Dr Tim Ball in British Columbia over a hoary bit of word play (“should be in the state pen, not Penn State”) applied to innumerable Pennsylvanians over the years. Having initiated the suit, Dr Mann then stalled the discovery process, so that the BC suit is now entering its...
  • Rigor Mortis

    02/22/2014 8:54:59 AM PST · by Valpal1 · 5 replies
    SteynOnLine ^ | 2/25/14 | Mark Steyn
    Mann and his lawyers doctored a quote and put their own version of it in direct quotation marks. That's bad enough. But they did it for a specific reason. Because the original makes clear that Sir Muir's findings apply only to the "CRU scientists" - that's to say, employees of the University of East Anglia, who are the only people the Russell panel was charged with investigating, and were therefore the only people it was in a position to exonerate. So, as evidence of Michael Mann's "exoneration", the best his lawyers can come up with is a fake quote from...
  • Michael Mann Faces Bankruptcy as his Courtroom Climate Capers Collapse

    02/21/2014 7:02:47 PM PST · by P.O.E. · 92 replies
    principia-scientific ^ | 2-21-14 | John O'Sullivan
    Massive counterclaims, in excess of $10 million, have just been filed against climate scientist Michael Mann after lawyers affirmed that the former golden boy of global warming alarmism had sensationally failed in his exasperating three-year bid to sue skeptic Canadian climatologist, Tim Ball. Door now wide open for criminal investigation into Climategate conspiracy.Mann arrest photo Buoyed by Dr Ball's successes, journalist and free-speech defender, Mark Steyn has promptly decided to likewise countersue Michael Mann for $10 million in response to a similar SLAPP suit filed by the litigious professor from Penn. State University against not just Steyn, but also the...
  • The Future is Another Country

    02/14/2014 9:42:29 AM PST · by Valpal1 · 4 replies
    SteynOnLine ^ | 2/14/14 | Mark Steyn
    Well, I can't speak for Dr Mann or my co-defendants, but I want to put it in front of a jury - in part because I loathe "settling" and regard it as a malign and corrupting influence on the American "justice" system. Nobody's guilty or innocent any more, are they? It's all about the settling. But the pressure to "settle" means that, for a litigious goon like Dr Mann, simply launching suits relieves him of the need to win them. Nuts to that. He wanted this case, so he can have it and take it to a jury.
  • Mann vs. Steyn: The Trial of the Century

    02/12/2014 9:45:30 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 12,2014 | Robert Tracinski
    These are all reasons that the lawsuit should have been summarily thrown out. It goes beyond the legitimate scope of libel and defamation laws and constitutes an attempt to suppress opinions that are considered politically correct. But it gets worse. Consider the specific argument Mann is making, as summed up in the report I linked to above. "In the articles, Mann says in his lawsuit, the think tank and the publication ignored more than half a dozen investigations that found no scientific wrongdoing, focusing almost exclusively on the Penn State inquiry in order to call him a fraud. CEI also...
  • Stick of Fear

    02/09/2014 8:45:38 PM PST · by Valpal1 · 9 replies
    SteynOnLine ^ | 2/9/14 | Mark Steyn
    Thank you also to all those who've made suggestions with respect to both the science and the law. The good advice I'm keeping close to my chest, the not-so-good ones we might publish here to throw Dr Mann's Big Tobacco lawyers off the scent. Speaking of the upcoming trial, Denyse O'Leary was a key part of the Internet pushback against Canada's squalid "human rights" commissions five years ago, and she has noted the banner above. Denyse has a post today about the Scopes Monkey Trial comparison, and writes: The choice of symbolism is interesting. The only thing one can be...
  • Motherlode Part III ("[Michael]Mann deleted the later part of Briffa’s trees, because it didn’t...

    02/07/2014 9:41:07 AM PST · by Bulwinkle · 6 replies
    Real Science ^ | 2/7/2014 | Steven Goddard
    As ugly as this was, it is worse than it seems. Briffa’s trees did match Hansen, 1981. The next graph overlays Briffa on Hansen, 1981 northern latitude temperatures. The match was almost perfect.
  • Approving Keystone XL could be the biggest mistake of Obama's presidency

    02/02/2014 6:33:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 31, 2014 | Michael Mann
    A State Department report fails to take into account the full climate impacts of Keystone XL. Who is Obama protecting? I have made my position on the Keystone XL pipeline quite clear. Approving this hotly debated pipeline would send America down the wrong path. The science tells us now is the time that we should be throwing everything we have into creating a clean 21st century energy economy, not doubling down on the dirty energy that is imperiling our planet. Now that the State Department has just released a final environmental impact report on Keystone XL, which appears to downplay...
  • Steyn, Steorts, GLAAD, Newhart, Suits, Deniers [War at National Review NOW]

    12/22/2013 6:25:48 PM PST · by madprof98 · 49 replies
    National Review Online (The Corner) ^ | 12/22/13 | Jack Fowler
    I believe Mark Steyn’s new column is a triumph, and wrote him on Friday to say that. The ensuing critical take on it by my colleague, Jason Steorts, left me shaking my head. My diminished intelligence, compared to NR’s Big Brains, should lead me to remain quiet, but I won’t.One brother — or sister, or let’s say a sibling — of the gay issue, from the perspective of the Left, is environmentalism. Or, specifically, “global warming,” now in its 2.0 version as “climate change.” Its advocates pronounce their positions with utmost scientific certainty, and just as eagerly label their foes...
  • Mann versus Steyn: popcorn time!

    08/28/2012 2:28:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 27th, 2012 | James Delingpole
    Today I'm launching a fund and I wonder whether anyone would like to contribute. Please, I implore you all, PLEASE chip in to help finance Professor Michael Mann's suit for defamation against sinister, right-wing Canadian climate-change denier Mark Steyn and the fascist-denialist organ for which Steyn writes, National Review Online! I don't think Mann is going to win his case, not for one fraction of a millisecond. That's why I think it's so important that we give him all the financial encouragement we can at this sensitive early stage. There's a danger that Mann may yet take advice from his...
  • SLAPPstick Farce

    01/25/2014 9:03:37 AM PST · by Valpal1 · 12 replies
    National Review (print) ^ | 1/27/14 | Mark Steyn
    This column originally appeared in the January 27th print edition of National Review: America is a land of acronyms, and, useful as they are, acronyms can quickly curdle into jargon. SLAPP stands for "strategic lawsuit against public participation" — i.e., using legal action to cow an opponent into silence, and withdrawal from the public square. It was coined in the Eighties by Penelope Canan and George W. Pring at the University of Denver, and in the Nineties they turned it into a book: SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out. And it proved so influential that by the Oughts various jurisdictions...
  • Mark Steyn: Trial, and Error

    01/23/2014 4:06:01 PM PST · by feralcat · 22 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | January 22, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    On Tuesday morning, January 21st, I filed a motion with respect to Dr Michael Mann's defamation suit against me, National Review, Rand Simberg, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. I did so because I felt the procedural fiasco the case has been reduced to since last July 10th thanks to the incompetence of the previous judge, Natalia Combs Greene, required what I called "an act of jurisprudential hygiene" from the new judge, Frederick Weisberg. Unfortunately, the DC Superior Court seems disinclined to clean up its act. I appreciate that, to those who followed the fun and frolics of my free speech...
  • Judge allows climate scientist compared to child molester to sue for libel.

    01/30/2014 3:17:04 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 47 replies
    Monterey Weekly ^ | January 28, 2014 | David Schmalz
    It’s hardly notable when a climate scientist’s findings come under attack from right wing pundits, but it definitely turns heads if they compare that scientist to a child molester. Even more unusual is if that scientist—in this case, Penn State climatologist Michael Mann—retaliates by suing for libel.
  • A Tale of Two Climate HockeySticks

    08/21/2013 1:20:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2013 | S. Fred Singer
    The false "hockeystick" graph with which (in 2001) the UN climate panel claimed that current surface temperatures are "unprecedented" in a millennium is at odds with hundreds of scientific papers and with their own previous position.  There is nothing unusual about today's temperatures; the world was warmer in the Middle Ages.  However, the "hockeystick" graph showing a rapid increase in 20th century CO2 concentration is genuine. The Third Assessment Report (2001) of the UN-sponsored IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) espouses a temperature history over the last thousand years that resembles a 'hockeystick' (HS).  The 'shank' is the smooth decline...
  • Global Warming Assumes Room Temperature (Mark Steyn)

    06/11/2013 5:18:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 11, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    As readers may know, National Review and I have an impending court date in Washington with Dr Michael E Mann, creator of the global-warming “hockey stick” and self-proclaimed Nobel laureate, for the hitherto unknown crime of “defamation of a Nobel prize recipient“. (You can contribute to our legal defense fund here; also, the TV rights to my forthcoming white Bronco chase are still available – we’ll be using a hybrid, of course). Forced by circumstance to take an interest in the latest developments on the climate-change “consensus”, I was interested to see this story, in which The New York Times...
  • Michael Mann says climate models cannot explain the Medieval Warming Period – Nor... the present....

    04/11/2013 3:00:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 11, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    Ice core data shows CO2 levels changed less than 10 parts per million from 1600-1800 during the MWP. From the Hockey Schtick:  A new paper from Schurer et al (with Mann as co-author) finds that climate “models cannot explain the warm conditions around 1000 [years before the present, during the Medieval Warming Period] seen in some [temperature] reconstructions.”According to Schurer et al, “We find variations in solar output and explosive volcanism to be the main drivers of climate change from 1400-1900.” They also claim, “but for the first time we are also able to detect a significant contribution from greenhouse gas...
  • Michael Mann vs. NRO and Mark Steyn: It's Time to Rumble (Steyn sued for defamation of character)

    12/17/2012 7:26:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/17./2012 | Neil Snyder
    National Review Online (NRO) is currently running an ad/article explaining that Professor Michael Mann, the creator of the highly questionable "hockey stick" graph that global warming alarmists latched onto to pummel the entire world with dour warnings about the effects of man-made CO2 emissions on life as we know it, is suing NRO and Mark Steyn for defamation of character: ******** "Let me recap: A lawsuit has been formally filed by Professor Michael Mann against National Review and Mark Steyn. You know Mann: The Penn State academic and self-proclaimed (and bogus) Nobel Peace Prize awardee best known, famously and infamously,...
  • Climate Scientist Mann Faces Obstacles to Winning Libel Lawsuit, Legal Experts Say

    10/26/2012 5:15:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 26 October 2012 | Puneet Kollipara
    Enlarge Image Public figure? Michael Mann must prove he isn't a private figure, among other challenges, if he is to win in a new libel case. Credit: Wikimedia/Pennsylvania State University Climate scientist Michael Mann is hoping for yet another court victory in his battle with climate skeptics. Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania State University researcher filed a libel lawsuit in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia against two conservative commentators and their respective publications over their attacks on his research. Legal experts say he stands a shot at getting at least part of his libel case heard...
  • Mann Freed of FOIA

    09/19/2012 1:22:42 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 8 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | September 19, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    Professor Michael Mann is perhaps best known among climate change skeptics for his appropriately dubbed “nature trick,” as described by Phil Jones in the ClimateGate emails. An advocacy group, the American Tradition Institute (ATI), lost a court battle this Monday to look into Professor Mann’s conduct at the University of Virginia. Michael Mann will have his emails exempted from a Freedom Of Information Act request made by the American Tradition Institute, reports Lizzy Turner for the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Daily today. ATI had submitted a FOIA request asking for access to Mann’s emails following the Climategate scandal. “Should the...
  • Climate Zealot Continues Tree-Ring Circus

    08/23/2012 4:44:21 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 23, 2012
    Climate Fraud: In an attempt to defend his role in the greatest scam of modern times, Climate-gate's poster child threatens to defend his tarnished reputation in court. First, hide the decline, then hide the deceit. 'Get lost" was National Review editor Rich Lowry's appropriate response to a threatened lawsuit by Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann. NR printed a post by the great Mark Steyn, who graces these pages as well, calling Mann's famous hockey-stick graph "fraudulent." That it is indeed a fraud has been documented by many, including us. Mann was at the heart of the Climate-gate scandal in...
  • Rich Lowry: Get Lost - My response to Michael Mann

    08/22/2012 1:34:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 22, 2012 | Rich Lowry, Editor National Review
    So, as you might have heard, Michael Mann of Climategate infamy is threatening to sue us. Mann is upset — very, very upset — with this Mark Steyn Corner post, which had the temerity to call Mann’s hockey stick “fraudulent.” The Steyn post was mild compared with other things that have been said about the notorious hockey stick, and, in fact, it fell considerably short of an item about Mann published elsewhere that Steyn quoted in his post. So why threaten to sue us? I rather suspect it is because the Steyn post was savagely witty and stung poor Michael....
  • Top Virginia Court Rebuffs Effort to Investigate Climate Scientist Michael Mann

    03/03/2012 8:04:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 2 March 2012 | David Malakoff
    Enlarge Image Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli II. Credit: State of Virginia The Virginia Supreme Court has tossed out an effort by the state's attorney general, Kenneth Cuccinelli II, to compel the University of Virginia to turn over detailed records related to the work of climate scientist Michael Mann. The decision, issued today, upholds a lower court ruling that found Cuccinelli, an avowed conservative climate skeptic and now candidate for governor of Virginia, had overstepped his authority. Cuccinelli had originally sought information on five grant applications and assorted e-mails from Mann, who now works at Pennsylvania State University. He...
  • The private world of global warming public service

    03/02/2012 3:19:49 PM PST · by landsbaum · 3 replies
    Attempts to look at the taxpayer-funded ruminations of a taxpayer-funded climate researcher suffered a setback today in Virginia where a split decision by the state’s high court said essentially, it’s none of your business what Michael Mann was writing about his taxpayer-funded work. State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli lost a verdict that permits continued suppression of evidence in the Michael Mann “hockey stick” graph controversy. But it’s probably not the last note in this song, not by a long shot....
  • EDITORIAL: Global warming’s ‘dirty laundry’ University of Virginia should disclose climate emails

    01/30/2012 9:07:11 AM PST · by fella · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 27 Jan. 2012 | The Washington Times
    Those who say man alone is responsible for overheating the planet frequently dismiss any role the sun might play. As can be seen in an ongoing freedom-of-information lawsuit leveled against the University of Virginia (UVA), sunshine is precisely what the heralds of climate catastrophe fear most of all.
  • Penn State Hides Pedophiles And Pseudo Climate Change Scientists

    11/26/2011 7:53:40 AM PST · by joeclarke · 5 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 11/26/2011 | JoeClarke.Net
    It seems just like yesterday when a number of manmade Climate Warming scientists were caught fudging figures to benefit their Globalbaloney warming theories. Penn State's Michael Mann (Hockey Stick Graph) was caught two years ago manipulating data, but Penn State President, Graham Spanier, defended Mann's cheating faster than the time it takes Jerry Sandusky to take shower - who was also protected by Spanier. Mann is again in the news as more hacked email, compliments of the Russians, have been released, and may be even more damning than the original email dump from two years ago. In the confiscated emails,...
  • Climategate 2.0 email – Mike Mann chracterized as “crazy” over MWP and “serious enemy”

    11/25/2011 11:29:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | November 25, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Edward Cook tells Phil Jones that Mike Mann is “serious enemy” and “vindictive”. Mike Mann had criticized his work.Apparently Mann went “a little crazy” over a paper showing the Medeival Warm Period exists.4101.txtcc: k.briffa@uea.xx.xx date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 23:56:46 -0500 from: “drdendro@ldeo.columbia.edu” <drdendro@ldeo.columbia.edu> subject: RE: CCDD to: p.jones@uea.xx.xxHi Phil,Thanks for the added info. If Mike said that my calibration procedure is “flawed”, I will be extremely pissed off. His grad student just submitted a paper to The Holocene, with Mike and I as co-authors, that compares my point-by-point method with his RegEM method (Keith should have received the paper...
  • Climategate 2.0 emails – They’re real and they’re spectacular!

    11/22/2011 12:08:17 PM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 38 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | November 22, 2011 | News Staff
    UPDATE: 8:20 AM PST These emails have not been verified yet, and this story was posted by one of my moderating staff while I was asleep. Until such time they are verified, tread lightly because without knowing what is behind the rest of the zip file, for all we know it’s a bunch of recipes and collection of ipsem lorem text files. I’m working to authenticate these now and will report when I know more – Anthony Watts UPDATE2: 8:45AM PST The Guardian has a story up be Leo Hickman, and this excerpt suggests they may be the real deal:...
  • University Turns Over Some of Climate Scientist's Documents (Michael Mann)

    08/27/2011 12:49:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 25 August 2011 | Robert Coontz
    Months after a request from a Virginia politician and a conservative think tank, the University of Virginia (UVA) has turned over documents related to embattled scientist Michael Mann's research into the history of Earth's climate. But what the petitioners really want to see may still be at large. The release yesterday came at the request of state Delegate Robert G. Marshall and the American Tradition Institute (ATI), a market-oriented environmental policy research group with offices in Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado. In January, ATI, Marshall, and two other Virginia residents filed a request under Virginia's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)...
  • Federal auditors find no evidence to support 'Climategate' accusations (Michael Mann)

    08/22/2011 4:38:38 PM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    dailyclimate.org ^ | Aug. 22, 2011 | Douglas Fischer
    National Science Foundation inspector general closes its investigation into Penn State climatologist Michael Mann after failing to find "any direct evidence of research misconduct." The National Science Foundation has closed its investigation into Pennsylvania State University climatologist Michael Mann after finding no evidence of scientific misconduct related to his research.
  • Coal Stops Global Warming?

    07/06/2011 4:47:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 6, 2011 | Staff
    Weather Science: Climate alarmists are now explaining away their failed predictions by claiming China's power plants emit sulfur dioxide that cancels out carbon dioxide emissions. So should we burn more coal? Among the emails unearthed during ClimateGate, when scientists working at or with Britain's Climate Research Unit conspired to "hide the decline" in global temperatures, is one from Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research to Michael Mann, inventor of the now-discredited "hockey stick" graph that purported to show sudden and dangerous man-induced temperature rise. Trenberth says: "Well, I have my own article on where the heck is...
  • Climategate Investigation Headed To Supreme Court (of VA) Over Michael Mann's Emails

    03/14/2011 1:54:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    The Global Warming Policy Foundation ^ | Saturday, 12 March 2011 09:27 | Norman Leahy, Washington Examiner
    The Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s case against the University of Virginia in which he has asked for emails and other materials relating to the work of former UVA climate Prof. Michael Mann. A lower court limited the scope of Cuccinelli’s request for documents, and on rather creative grounds.That the court will hear the matter doesn’t mean it will rule in Cuccinelli’s favor. But recent reporting from Chris Horner strongly suggests that Prof. Mann has been less than forthcoming regarding the emails he sent to colleagues involved in global warming research....
  • Gore's Unending Blizzard Of Lies

    02/03/2011 3:56:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 3, 2011 | Staff
    Hoaxes: As the nation digs itself out, the grand wizard of global warming comes out of hiding and blames it all on that SUV stuck in your driveway. A blizzard is a terrible thing to waste. What has been dubbed the Groundhog Day Blizzard has caused Al Gore to poke his head out of his massive carbon-generating mansion in Nashville, Tenn., to blame the 2,000-mile storm on our alleged obsession with fossil fuels. Sorry, Al, but in Chicago the solar panels were buried under upward of two feet of snow as citizens cranked up those polluting snow blowers, a scene...
  • Yes, Virginia, A Climate Cover-Up

    01/20/2011 5:47:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 20, 2011 | Staff
    Junk Science: Democrats in Virginia are trying to stop their attorney general from probing climate fraud carried out by university researchers at taxpayer expense. Are they afraid of finding the inconvenient truth? It's not the crime, it's the cover-up, as the saying goes. In the case of former University of Virginia climate scientist Michael Mann and his supporters, it may be both. Not only did Mann participate in perhaps the greatest scam of modern times, but he may have also have fraudulently used taxpayer funds to do so. At least Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli thinks so, and has been...
  • Yes, Virginia, you do have to produce those 'Global Warming' documents

    01/06/2011 10:44:04 AM PST · by Qbert · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/5/2011 | Christopher C. Horner, David W. Schnare & Robert Marshall
    Today, Virginia taxpayers, a state lawmaker and a public interest law firm are asking the University of Virginia to produce important "global warming" records under that state's Freedom of Information Act. These are records the school no longer denies possessing but nonetheless refuses to release, even to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. They address one of the most high-profile claims used to advance massive economic-intervention policies in the name of "global warming." In response to a previous FOIA request, U.Va. denied these records existed. However, during Cuccinelli's pre-investigation under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act ("FATA"), a 2007 law passed unanimously...
  • Science News: Expert says climate cooling misinterpreted

    12/29/2010 6:46:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies · 10+ views
    UPI.com ^ | December 28, 2010
    CANBERRA, Australia -- Recent short-term cooling of global temperatures shouldn't be misinterpreted as meaning an end to global warming, an Australian expert says. Barrie Wanker-Hunt of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization says overall global warming is happening despite natural variability that can bring periods where the global climate can be either cooler or warmer than usual. Seasonal cold spells can still be expected under enhanced greenhouse conditions, he says. "Future changes in global temperature as the concentration of greenhouse gases increases will not show a simple year-on-year increase but will vary around a background of long-term warming," he...
  • U.Va.: Cuccinelli’s demand for ex-professor’s papers ‘improper’ (Mann's climate-change 'research')

    10/21/2010 1:05:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/21/10 | David Sherfinski
    U.Va.: Cuccinelli’s demand for ex-professor’s papers ‘improper’By: David Sherfinski Examiner Staff Writer 10/21/10 12:30 PM EDT The University of Virginia has asked the Albemarle County Circuit Court to set aside a new petition from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli seeking documents related to climate-change research by former U.Va. professor Michael Mann. The court in August had denied a similar request from Cuccinelli, who claims Mann work on climate change constituted a fraud because it was based on dubious research. Cuccinelli, who disputes the theory that humans are causing global warming, rewrote his request to overcome the previous objections raised by the...
  • Judge shoots down Cuccinelli's probe of U.Va. scientist

    09/02/2010 8:23:44 AM PDT · by BitterKlingon · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 8/31/10 | Brian Hughes
    A judge on Monday thwarted Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's bid to investigate whether a former University of Virginia professor fraudulently obtained public research money by cooking up climate change data. Cuccinelli, a global warming cynic, sought documents relating to the research of climate scientist Michael Mann, who was behind the so-called "hockey stick" graph in last year's "Climategate scandal." But Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Paul M. Peatross Jr. said Cuccinelli provided no "objective basis" that Mann defrauded taxpayers. "It is not clear what [Mann] did that was misleading, false or fraudulent in obtaining funds from the commonwealth of...
  • Penn State Clears Hockey-Stick Mann

    07/02/2010 8:50:16 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 14 replies
    A little whitewash and Pennsylvania's taxpayer's connection to Climategate has disappeared. At least that's what the Penn State University administrators are hoping. Penn State, which uses state appropriations for about 10 percent of its $2.5 billion budget, cleared Dr. Michael Mann of any scientific misconduct relating to the scandal. Mann heads the university's Earth System Science Center. (SNIP) The reasons it cited for coming to this conclusion were -- what you are about to read is not a joke remember -- "This level of success in proposing research, and obtaining funding to conduct it, clearly places Mann among the most...
  • Newspapers Retract 'Climategate' Claims, but Damage Still Done

    06/26/2010 9:28:17 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 74 replies · 2+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 06/25/2010 | Sharon Begley
    *snip* ...not only did British investigators clear the East Anglia scientist at the center of it all, Phil Jones, of scientific impropriety and dishonesty in April, an investigation at Penn State cleared PSU climatologist Michael Mann of “falsifying or suppressing data, intending to delete or conceal e-mails and information, and misusing privileged or confidential information” in February. In perhaps the biggest backpedaling, The Sunday Times of London, which led the media pack in charging that IPCC reports were full of egregious (and probably intentional) errors, retracted its central claim—namely, that the IPCC statement that up to 40 percent of the Amazonian rainforest could be...
  • UVA fights Ken Cuccinelli’s demand for researcher’s records

    05/27/2010 10:44:27 PM PDT · by reaganairport · 16 replies · 604+ views
    WSLS 10 ^ | Karin Kapsidelis
    The University of Virginia filed a court challenge today seeking to block Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's investigation of climate scientist Michael Mann. The university filed a petition in Albemarle County Circuit Court as the first step in a legal process to set aside Cuccinelli's civil subpoena seeking documents relating to global-warming research by Mann, who left U.Va. in 2005 and now works at Pennsylvania State University. President John T. Casteen III said the university intends to protect academic freedom. The issuance of Civil Investigative Demands, or CIDs, "has sent a chill through the commonwealth's colleges and universities -- a...
  • Cuccinelli targets grants to climate scientist (Virginia Climategate Investigation)

    05/06/2010 5:47:25 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 11 replies · 518+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 4, 2010 | William C. Flook
    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is invoking a state anti-fraud law to demand the University of Virginia turn over years worth of documents related to climate scientist Michael Mann, targeting about $500,000 in grants that funded Mann's studies. Cuccinelli, a Republican who is separately suing the federal government over regulation of carbon emissions, issued the school a civil subpoena late last month probing "possible violations" of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act by the former U.Va. professor. Mann, now a professor at Penn State, is famous for creating the controversial "hockey stick" graph charting a spike in global temperatures....
  • Mann-made Climate Changes

    05/05/2010 9:39:05 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 12 replies · 467+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 6, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Mann-made Climate Changes Bethany Stotts, May 5, 2010 Penn State University professor and climatologist Michael Mann recently threatened to sue a group for its video satire of his climate science entitled “Hide the Decline.” “Michael Mann thinks he’s so smart/totally inventing the hockey stick chart/ignoring the snow and the cold and a downward line/Hide the decline….” states the video. The video, created by Minnesotans for Global Warming (M4GW) refers to an email from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit director, Phil Jones to Prof. Michael Mann and two other scientists. “I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding...
  • AG Cuccinelli tells U.Va. to hand over documents on climate change (Defrauded taxpayers? Noooo!)

    05/04/2010 7:07:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies · 668+ views
    Cuccinelli tells U.Va. to hand over documents on climate changeThe Washington Post Published: May 4, 2010 Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is demanding that the University of Virginia turn over a broad range of documents from a former professor to determine whether he defrauded taxpayers as he sought grants for global-warming research. The civil investigative demand asks for all data and materials presented by former professor Michael Mann when he applied for five research grants from the university. It also gives the school until May 27 to produce all correspondence or e-mails between Mann and 39 other scientists since 1999. The...
  • State of Virginia to Investigate Global Warming Scientist Mann

    05/01/2010 10:54:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies · 866+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | April, 30, 2010
    A legal battle is heating up faster than the planet for embattled climatologist Michael Mann. First word emerged that the inspector general for the National Science Foundation would look into the Penn State panel reviewing the climate scientist, who is currently director of the school's Earth System Science Center. Now the attorney general for his old employer the University of Virginia is planning an investigation, too.
  • Inventor of Mann-made global warming feels the heat

    04/30/2010 11:16:16 PM PDT · by TBP · 25 replies · 1,254+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | April 30, 2010 | James Delingpole
    This blog’s hero of the week is Ken Cuccinelli. He’s the new Attorney General of Virginia and he’s about to launch quite possibly the most delicious and worthwhile law suit in the entire history of litigation: one that could result in Michael Mann – arch-climate-fear-promoter, comedy You Tube Star, creator of the infamous, twice-discredited Hockey Stick – being fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for alleged misuse of state grant funding. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That) Though Mann now works at Penn State University – an institution which appears to share UEA’s principled belief that the best response to...
  • 'Hide the Decline' Global Warming Video Creator Says Mann Backlash Effort to Hide ClimateGate

    04/28/2010 4:27:00 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 11 replies · 579+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | April 28, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    If you try to sweep your problems under the rug, they'll go away, right? Michael Mann, a Penn State professor and a central figure in the Climategate scandal and best known for his "hockey stick graph" hopes so. On Fox News Channel's April 28 broadcast of "Your World with Neil Cavuto," Elmer Beauregard of Minnesotans for Global Warming appeared to explain the reasoning behind a video that drew the ire Mann. The video mocked the Penn State professor's alleged attempt to cover up data from tree rings that would indicate there was no global warming. "Well, I don't know if...